Jane from Jane Eyre. I also really like Eyre. And Charlotte. And Bronte. Jane Eyre is one of my all time favorites.
Elizabeth as in Bennet or March
Shakespearean names- Katharina, Juliet, Rosalind, Ophelia, Audrey, Helena, Iris, and Lavinia.
(If I could do anything I'd have for girls, Katharina Juliet, Rosalind Helena, Ophelia Iris, and Lavinia Audrey.)
Madeline is a favorite. It was my favorite book as a child and such a stand out name.
As is Matilda.
Cosette is stunning and Les Mis is such a beautiful story.
I'm a total Harry Potter geek and Luna, Emmeline, Arabella, and Fleur are all names I love.
Arya from GoT is a love for me.
Margo and Hazel are both from John Green novels and I love them equally.
Lux, Cecilia, and Therese from the Virgin Suicides are loves for me.
Evageline is a favorite poem and such a perfect name.
(For boys I love Atticus, Holden, Gatsby, Milo, William, Elliot, and Edmund.)
So pleased to see some other White Oleander fans! That is one of my sister's and my favorite books - As I mentioned in another thread, she gave the mn 'Oleander' to her second daughter.
My fav lit names:
Alanna (from the Song of the Lioness Series by Tamora Pierce)
Lyra (from the His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman)
Conina (from I-don't-remember-which Discworld book by Terry Pratchett - I've ploughed through 15 of them in the last year, lol!)
There are more, but these are the ones I could think of right now! All great books too.
Villanelle (from The Passion by Jeanette Winterson)
Louise (from Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson)
Silver (from Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson)
Alix (from The Power Book by Jeanette Winterson)
Alice (from The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson)
Alma (from The History of Love by Nicole Krauss)
Lexie/Alexandra and Elina (from The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell)
Antonia (from My Antonia by Willa Cather)
Ruby, Gillian, Alice, Nell (from Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson)
Isobel (from Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson)
Euphemia (from Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson)
Clare and Alba (The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger)
Morgaine, Elaine, Nimue, Niniane, Viviane and Guinevere (from The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley)
Constance (from Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence)
Ursula (from Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence)
Veronika (from Astrid & Veronika by Linda Olson)
Thomasin (from The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy)
Tess (from Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy)
Ren (from The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood)
Venevil (from Venevil by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson)
Victoria (from Victoria by Knut Hamsun)
Ylajali (from Hunger by Knut Hamsun)
Lux, Cecilia, Bonnie (from The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides)
Calliope, Clementine (from Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides)
Belphoebe, Una, Florimell and Amoret (from The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser)
Selina (from Affinity by Sarah Waters)
Vivien (from The Night Watch by Sarah Waters)
Anthea (from Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith)
Marianne (from The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson)
Hero (from Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe)
Nedra (from Light Years by James Salter)
Charlotte (from Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace)
Anellia (from I’ll Take You There by Joyce Carol Oats)
Lily (from The Enchantment of Lily Dahl by Siri Hustvedt)
Iris (from Blindfold by Siri Hustvedt)
Camilla (from The Secret History by Donna Tartt)
Oriane and Odette (from In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust)
Renée (from The Vagabond by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette)
Natasha (from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy)
Ceridwen, Olwen, Bronwen (from How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn)
Sadie (from Under the Net by Iris Murdoch)
Gwendolen (from The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde)
Aura (from Say Her Name by Fransisco Goldman)
Asherah (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
Emma (from Emma by Jane Austen)
Rosalind, Miranda, Viola, Olivia, Cressida, Lavinia, Perdita, Cordelia, Julia, Isabella, Helena, Ophelia and Imogen (from plays by Shakespeare)
Beatrice (from The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri)
Fiammetta (from Elegia di Madonna Fiammetta by Giovanni Boccaccio)
Serafina (from Northern Lights by Philip Pullman)
Messalina (from I, Claudius by Robert Graves)
Yvaine (from Stardust by Neil Gaiman)
Arwen, Silmarien, Tinuviel, Elentari, Elbereth, Earendil, Eowyn and Galadriel (Lord of the Rings and various things by J.R.R. Tolkien)
Mary, from The Secret Garden - for extra bonus points, this is the sort of name that appears in everyone's family tree, turns out you can totally give your girl a name from your favourite book and tell everyone's she's named for family. *cough*
Harriet and Jane (Janie), from Harriet the Spy
Anne, Marilla and Cordelia, from Anne of Green Gables
Josephine, from Little Women
Sara, from A Little Princess
Matilda, from Matilda
Lyra, from His Dark Materials
Luna, from Harry Potter, although really I just like the name. Kind of unusable here though since it's a fairly common dog name. Actually, I'm quite partial to many of the names in Harry Potter.
Trixie, from Trixie Belden
Alice - of course the obvious literature reference here is Alice in Wonderland, but it first caught my attention via Go Ask Alice. Perhaps not as nice an association, though.
Lila, from Sweet Valley High - character is totally obnoxious, but I did like the name!
Celia, from the first in a series of books by one of my favourite Australian authors, Jaclyn Moriarty.
If this list seems like it's all children's books, all I can say is that my reading taste has completely failed to grow up with me.
Bronte - not from literature but it's the surname of famous sisters and i think it's very cute.
Primrose - probably not the best example but I love it, it's from Hunger Games.
Margarita - Master and Margarita by Bulgakov
Catherine - Wuthering Heights/ Germinal
Jane - Jane Eyre
Lux - also not the best example, but I love the name, from The Virgin Suicides
Mignonette - Princess Diaries (my guilty pleasure)
Portia - The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare
Cosette - Les Miserables
Oooh, this is a great topic. So many of my favourites have been mentioned already.
Harry Potter series: Hermione, Minerva, Ginevra, Lavender, Augusta, Andromeda
Anne of Green Gables books: Diana, Ruby, Marilla, Dora
Middlemarch: Dorothea, Celia, Rosamond
Pippi Longstocking: Annika
Jane Austen: Elizabeth, Jane, Charlotte, Caroline, Louisa (the Bingley sisters are so mean but I love their names), Georgiana, Elinor, Emma, Isabella (shame it is so popular now)
Oryx and Crake: Oryx (not her real name, but I love it still)
Quo Vadis: Ligia
@niusity, I also love the Princess Diaries! Mia and Clarisse are great names.
Ophelia, Audrey, Cordelia- Shakespeare
Emma, Elinor, Elizabeth, Georgiana, Marianne- Jane Austen
It's her last name that I like- Leona Cassiani, from Love in the Time of Cholera. Huge obsession with Kassiani / Cassiani lately. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is great for names.
There are so many more... Just a few off the top of my head.
So glad someone else mentioned Dorothea from Middlemarch! Best book ever and a wonderful name!
harriet and emma- from emma by austen
caroline from pride and prejudice
Anne from Persuasion
Sally from "The Adventures of Sally" by PG Wodehouse
Jaime and Claire from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Sam from Discword Novels by Terry Pratchett
I wish i could think of more but that's what comes to me off the top of my head :)